Crestline strengthens leadership team


Crestline Coach (Saskatchewan, Canada) welcomed Gordon McLean, director of engineering, and Richard Valenti, vice president of operations, to the company’s senior management team. Crestline’s continued growth projections, geographic market expansion, and the pace of product innovation, created an opportunity to strengthen core functions supporting their business strategy and to effectively meet the growing demands of the industry.

Director of Engineering Gordon McLean joins Crestline from Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), where he spent the better part of his career as director of engineering (whole vehicle) for Britain’s leading bus and coach manufacturer with 2,000 employees at facilities in the UK, continental Asia and North America. Prior to ADL, McLean held the position of director of engineering with Heil Europe Ltd., a company built on engineering and manufacturing know-how, which designs and manufactures refuse collection speciality vehicles for the UK and European markets.

“Gordon’s proven ability to effectively bring to market next generation specialty vehicles will further elevate Crestline’s role in meeting the needs of the evolving specialty vehicle industry. His dynamic approach will ensure we continue to lead innovation through adoption and integration of key technologies and materials while ensuring design strategies which support manufacturing efficiencies,” said Steve Hoffrogge, president and CEO, Crestline Coach.

Richard Valenti, vice president of operations, joins Crestline from New Orleans, Louisiana, after a successful 30+ year career with Textron Marine & Land Systems, a manufacturer of specialty marine craft and armored vehicles to U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, and a variety of International customers with sales of over $500 million and 1,000 employees in various locations. Valenti held positions in divisional executive leadership, manufacturing and supply chain, business development, aftermarket product support and program management.

“Richard joins at a time when we are seeing significant increases in our vehicle manufacturing activities.  Our growth and our aggressive product innovation agenda requires that we broaden our manufacturing capabilities and enhance our supply chain strategies while maintaining our focus on achieving industry leading operational efficiencies,” explained Hoffrogge. “Richard’s background in effectively leading similar organizations through the process of scaling manufacturing operations, while delivering cost efficiencies, will provide us with key insights and strategies in these areas as he works collaboratively with our entire management team to meet these challenges. I, along with the entire management team, look forward to working with Gordon and Richard as we execute our product innovation plans and continue our journey of achieving operational excellence in all that we do."

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